Pet Surgery – Comprehensive Options

We offer a wide range of surgical procedures at Pell City Animal Hospital in Cropwell. Our comprehensive treatment options include orthopedics, soft tissue, ophthalmology (eye), cosmetic ear trims as well as surgical altering (spays and castrations). Moreover, our surgical services extend to cattle, sheep, goats and llamas.

Safety & Comfort are Our Primary Concerns

Anesthesia and surgery can be scary when it involves your human and four-legged family members. But advances in anesthesia have made it extremely safe. In addition to using the safest and most modern anesthetic agents, every pet is carefully examined by a veterinarian prior to anesthesia.  We also offer pre-anesthetic lab testing to make sure there are no problems with blood or organ systems that could create a problem during or after the procedure. Radiographs and EKGs can also be done if indicated. IV catheters and fluids are often used to help support your pet during anesthesia and recovery. This also gives us direct access to the bloodstream for any medications that might be needed. Our skilled, highly trained and dedicated staff closely follow safety guidelines and checklists and continuously monitor your pet until your pet is fully recovered. Modern anesthetic monitors help them keep track of vital signs such as heart rate, oxygen level, blood pressure, and temperature. This comprehensive approach allows us to quickly find and correct any abnormalities.

Things to Note After Surgery

After your pet has recovered and returned to its cage or run, our staff closely monitors them for any issues.  Someone from our staff will call you to give you an update and talk about aftercare as well as when your pet should be picked up. When you arrive, we will answer any questions you have, review aftercare instructions, any medications to be given and any needed rechecks.

During your pet’s recovery time at home, keep the following in mind:

  • At least for the first 24 hours after surgery, give your pet a quiet place to rest.
  • Do not bathe your pet for at least a week unless we specifically tell you it is OK.
  • Skin sutures, if present, may be removed in 8-10 days in most cases.  In almost all cases, the skin sutures we use will dissolve in 2-4 weeks and do not have to be removed unless they are irritating your pet.
  • If incisions are within reach, keep your pet from licking or chewing at them. Let us know it your pet licks at the area excessively. Some pets may need an “Elizabethan Collar” to prevent licking.
  • Depending on the type of surgery, your pet should be kept confined to a small area or a cage for 1 -2 weeks.  In most cases, they should not be allowed to have free exercise during this time.
  • Keep an eye on incisions and watch for signs of infection daily.  Neosporin, Neosporin Plus or similar bland ointments applied 1-4 times a day may help in healing and reduce licking in many cases. Keep your pet from licking after application for as long as possible by feeding, walking or playing with them for 5-10 minutes to allow the medication to be absorbed.

Please contact us with any questions about pet surgery. We’re here for you and your companion animal.